VA6 VIA Apollo Pro 133 - Page 3
I was apprehensive about taking home a board with this
deviant chipset, away from the BX I have so loved. But
coming from a renowned motherboard maker set my heart at
ease, a little.
The board is a good 2
inches smaller than my trusty BX6-II. At first glance, the
layout looked clean and functional, featuring the older
5/2/1 slot configuration and 3 DIMMs. Nothing out of the
ordinary. This is similar to the configuration found on
Aopenís AX63, while 1 DIMM slot short of the Soyo
On closer inspection, you
will notice a plethora of colourful ports, plenty more than
the usual Ė and
what that means? Onboard audio and gameport! Ok. I am not
particularly impressed, but I understand that some could
have uses for it. So I leave it to be.
The power connector, like
many of Abitís boards, is placed behind the Slot-1 and
forces you to pull the cable over the CPU and the memory
DIMMs. A minor annoyance for increasing the clutter of
Next, the board also comes
with many miscellaneous connectors like the CDROM drive
audio-in header (for the onboard audio), 1 InfraRed, 1 SM
Bus, 1 Wake-On-Lan (WOL), 1 Wake-One-Modem (WOM), 2
thermistor and 3 fan headers. If that is not enough, it also
has a USB header for further expansion if you intend to get
2 additional USB plugs for the machine.
Aside from the above, a
major feature is the support of UDMA/66 in addition to UDMA/33,
both of which are handled by the South Bridge VT82C686B.
The manual was
comprehensive and covered both new and old features, how to
set them up and also details the zillions of BIOS settings.
The explanations are concise and clear, and the default
almost always worked. So letís get down to it!